JAMESTOWN – The neighbor of a woman who was arrested after police said they found her young child wondering unattended and living in unfit conditions Tuesday says he is sickened.
Doug Popowski, a McKinley Avenue resident, was shocked to see a young child wandering the street alone.
“There is no reason for that,” said Popowski. “I don’t understand why something like that should happen. I don’t know what is wrong with people. The kid was down the street a couple blocks away just wondering around. Somebody saw her and grabbed her luckily. She could have gotten hit by a car.”
Popowski said the house has been in disrepair for quite some time and the current tenants left garbage scattered around the lawn.
“I hope they demolish the house, so we don’t have any more of that rat infested stuff going on in there,” said Popowski. “Apparently the landlord doesn’t care.”
Popowski said he hopes the children can find some help.
Kaitlyn Seekings, 21, is charged with disorderly conduct and endangering the welfare of a child following Tuesday’s arrest.
Police said Seekings located a group of concerned citizens who were caring for her child found on the street. She reportedly became irate at the group. More officers were dispatched to assist as Skeeings allegedly became unruly with officers.
While investigating, police said they found her house to be unfit to inhabit with unbagged garbage and debris scatted around the residence. Four adults and six children inside the house were living without water for about three weeks, officers said.
Police additionally found containers of urine and feces in various rooms in the home.
The house was condemned by the Jamestown Department of Development and the children were placed in the care of a family relative.
Police said charges may be pending for the four adults living in the home.
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